Friends! I'm starting to put together a book tour wish list, and I'd love your help! If you have any suggestions for places that might be interested in hosting a reading of my silent meditation retreat memoir, "Sit Walk, Don't Talk: How I Survived a Silent Meditation Retreat" please let me know. :) The publisher and I are looking at bookstores, yoga studios, meditation and wellness centers, etc. in the LA, SF, Portland, Seattle, Boulder, Boston, and NYC areas this summer.

ALSO! I'd love to do some readings in people's homes for friends in the cities I mentioned above—mini "sit, walk, don't talk home retreat" experiences that we could share together. :) If you're interested in hosting (or know someone who would be), please let me know... Thank you so much! <3

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It's official! My memoir's new title is "Sit, Walk, Don't Talk: How I Survived a Silent Meditation Retreat," and it's hitting bookstores May 30th! Pre-order through the link below. SQUEE!!!!

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The Practice of No Problem is a meditation technique based on everything I have learned about how we can replace the habit of having a problem with the habit of having no problem. Imagine a riverbed that water runs through. Habits of mind are like riverbeds that thoughts run through. You can’t fill in the riverbeds in your mind, but you can dig new ones that divert the water of your being in new directions and create new habits of mind. With these simple instructions, you'll start diverting the old problem-focused currents of your thought into a new stream of being.
http://aboutmeditation.com/having-no-problem-instructions-meditation/

Despite illness of body or mind, in spite of blinding despair or habitual belief, who you are is whole.

Let nothing keep you separate from the truth. The soul, illumined from within, longs to be known for what it is.

Undying, untouched by fire or the storms of life, there is a place inside where stillness and abiding peace reside. You can ride the breath to go there.

Despite doubt or hopeless turns of mind, you are not broken. Spirit surrounds, embraces, fills you from the inside out. Release everything that isn’t your true nature. What’s left, the fullness, light and shadow, claim all that as your birthright.

BIRTHRIGHT
By Danna Faulds


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Meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg, is offering a free 28-day meditation challenge starting in February with daily guided meditations. I've had the pleasure of sitting with Sharon, and she's an amazing teacher. Highly recommend checking this out! 

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YOUR COURTESY WAKE UP CALL: BE STILL AND KNOW
“Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity.
When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself”
― Lao Tzu

“Space and silence are two aspects of the same thing. The same no-thing.
They are externalization of inner space and inner silence,
which is stillness: the infinitely creative womb of all existence.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Dear Folks,
As the holiday season continues, I looked back at a few Posts of Christmas Past to get some perspective and, hopefully, alleviate any tendency to incarnate as the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge this year. This post written the day after Christmas a three years ago, was a helpful reminder of what the Real Deal is. Have a look?
Your Courtesy Wake Up Call: Be Still and Know
http://www.mondaymorningmindfulness.net/2016/12/be-still-and-know.html

I hope you find it helpful as well.
One Love,
Lance

Local Updates

NO MMM ON Monday, December 26. Most folks are out of town!
We'll return on Monday, January 2

Mark your calendars:
BE STILL AND KNOW: AN INTERFAITH DAY OF MINDFULNESS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017


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"Mindfully Connecting With Loved Ones When Standing on Opposite Sides"

The morning after the election, I woke up to see a celebratory email from my father in my inbox with the subject: “HOT DIGGITY DAMN!!!!” (Yes, it was all in caps). There wasn’t anything in the body of the email, but it was clear why he was so happy. And, despite knowing I wouldn’t share his sentiment, he chose to send it to me anyway…

Indignant disbelief looped through my mind as I slammed my laptop shut and started pacing back and forth—my heart racing. Body clenching.

A CELEBRATORY email – is he SERIOUS?!…
How COULD he?!…
I can’t believe how insensitive he is!!!…

(deep breath)

Prior to this moment, I’d always been able to dismiss—and sometimes even laugh off—my father’s politically-charged emails… But, for a variety of reasons, this particular one felt, literally, like a punch to my gut….

(read more at the link below)

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"Commonly we refer to meditation as a practice. I think this is a bad idea. When we think of meditation as a practice we consciously or unconsciously start relating to it as something that is preparatory. Meditation – at least the way I see it – is not preparatory. Here's what I mean." -Jeff Carreira
http://aboutmeditation.com/meditation-without-practice/

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THE LEGEND OF THE WHITE SQUIRREL...A Story of Friends, Mountain Biking, Loss, and Redemption

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